Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bridgewater suffers non-contact injury, Vikings trim roster to 75 players

Photo: Chicago Tribune

Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury in practice and the Vikings trimmed their roster to 75 players. Daniel House provides information on both subjects. 

Updated: August 30th, 2016 4:05pm

By: Daniel House

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a non-contact injury during Tuesday's afternoon practice session. Reports indicate the injury could be serious and he was "presumably taken by ambulance" to a local hospital, according to Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will address the injury at 4 p.m. during a press conference with the local media.

Bridgewater suffered the non-contact injury about 20 minutes into practice. According to reports, Bridgewater injured his left leg and was presumably taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The practice was cancelled and reporters left the practice field.

According, to Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune, the players were visibly shaken when Bridgewater went down with the injury. Bridgewater apparently was dropping back and fell to the ground in visible pain.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will speak with the media at 4 p.m. and may discuss the injury. I will keep you updated on the latest news regarding Bridgewater's injury. This could potentially be a huge blow to a Vikings team that appeared to be developing a winning formula and had their sights set on a championship.

Vikings reach 75-man roster limit
The Vikings waived 14 players to reach the 75-man limit at 3 p.m. CT.

In the first wave of cuts, they released DE Theiren Cockran, OT Sean Hickey, TE Brian Leonhardt, DT Claudell Louis, WR Marken Michel, LB Terrance Plummer, OT Austin Shepherd, WR Terrell Sinkfield, and QB Brad Sorenson.

In the final set of roster cuts, the Vikings waived/injured both DE Scott Crichton and S Antone Exum.  They also placed OT Mike Harris on the Reserve-Non Football List. Finally, they waived WR Troy Stoudermire.

To round out the first wave of roster decisions, the team released veteran center John Sullivan. After 9 seasons with the Vikings and a return from a back injury, Sullivan lost the starting job to Joe Berger.

In a statement issued by GM Rick Spielman, he said, "Our entire organization appreciates everything that John Sullivan has done for this franchise. Sullivan led our team, not only with how he played the game, but also with how he handled himself in our community. We wish John Sullivan and his family nothing but the best as they move forward."

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